vietnam war poster

anonymous asked:

Do you know of any pictures depicting protests/protest signs specifically referencing My Lai? I am doing a research project on Seymour Hers and would like to use it as a visual.

I didn’t but I found a few!

  1. “Anti-war demonstrators protest the Vietnam War, New York, New York, April 1969. Visble signs include one which reads ‘Indochina–One Big My Lai. Jail the Brass And the Bankers & Bosses’ (signed by the Center for United Labor Action) and one that reads 'New York Library Guild Local 1930.’ A man in a suit with a television camera stands on top of a van at bottom center. (Photo by Bernard Gotfryd/Getty Images)” 
  2. “A group of anti-Vietnam War protestors carry a poster showing the 'My Lai Massacre’ during the 'Home With Honor’ parade to mark the homecoming of American troops from Vietnam, New York City, 1973. (Photo by Jill Freedman/Getty Images)”
  3. “Writer Gloria Steinem holding up My Lai massacre picture poster w. caption THE MASCULINE MYSTIQUE as she marches in front line w. 2 other unident. women during women’s rights march down 5th Ave. (Photo by Michael Abramson/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)“

I’m sure there were more, but that’s what I found after a quick search. Good luck on your project!

Anti-Vietnam War poster featuring the photographic image of a Native American woman. The poster’s irreverent message subverts the American slur ‘red’ which can refer to either a person with Communist leanings or a Native American (as in ‘red skin’). It promotes the positive idea that the right to a peaceful existence is more important than political affiliation or ethnic background. The anti-Communist catch-phrase 'Better dead than Red’ was much in evidence during Barry Golwater’s 1964 presidential campaign, but the steep escalation of the Vietnam War in the later 1960s led to increasing student protest. Over the same decade, battles for civil rights centred on the African-American population, but also highlighted the cause of the Native Americans. The word 'red’ is a double-entendre, referring to the pride of the Native Americans in their own indigenous identity, yet also encoding a protest against hawkish anti-communism, and possibly the build-up of nuclear weapons, during the Cold War.